A guide to college fashion

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A guide to college fashion

College students are cash-strapped and time-crunched.

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Published: Fri 30 Aug 2013, 12:20 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:36 PM

So how can they look fashionable while juggling studies and campus activities? Integrating basic items into their wardrobes is a start —and adding pops of colour with accessories can transform a standard outfit into standout style.


“For both guys and girls, jeans, jackets andT-shirts are, of course, all staples for a college student’s wardrobe,” says Peggy Blum, fashion programme coordinator atThe Art Institute ofAustin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston. Blum says that this fall, “blue is heralded as the new black”. Warm reds and oranges, pastels, taxi cab yellow and loden green are also trendy hues.

And while skinny jeans still rule the denim world, expect to see them in neon colors, or with printed or bleached treatments. Blum recommends that students seeking a more comfortable fit choose a “boyfriend” jean, which featuresmore relaxed styling. College students can invest in bold-striped T-shirts, with stripes that vary in width. She adds that prepster-style shirts are a fresh look for both men and women this fall.


Army style, denim and long shirt-style jackets are an easy way to accessorise an outfit, according to Blum. “For girls, pink coats are predicted to be a hit this fall straight from the runways.”

Other must-have accessories include printed smart phone cases, sporty sneakers or cut-out oxfords and strong gold-tone neckpieces to complete the look while complementing a summer tan. Blum adds that college students are trending away from backpacks and moving toward all-day bags. “A streamlined multipurpose tote will fit any student’s daily must-haves and is appropriate for campus to work or travel.”

Emilia Valle, programme coordinator for fashion at Th eArt Institute of Houston-North, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston, mentions that choosing a large leather tote will add a touch of class to a student’s overall look. “A large leather tote will work fab and still keep you in style.”


Students on a tight budget might wonder how they can incorporate fashionable pieces into their wardrobe. Valle suggests mixing old and new to create a fresh, budget-friendly look. “Remember, flea markets can make a fashion budget stretch longer, and of course you can help out the planet in the process by recycling someone else’s retro fashion pieces,” she adds. And the runway trend toward dishevelled grunge styles should be helpful to those seeking recycled pieces. “A nod to grunge every now and then works this season,” states Blum. The do-it-yourself trend is also extremely popular with fashionable, budget conscious college students. “Thrifting at yard sales, or swapping clothing is a cost-effective way to remain fashionable on a budget,” she says. Looking fashionable while attending college doesn’t have to be time-consuming or budget breaking. By choosing a few staple items and adding colourful accessories, students can make it to class on time and on-trend.

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